Careers & Graduate School

Combining a national and international reputation for excellence, exceptional research facilities, and a highly respected faculty, Manhattan College has been ranked No. 1 in New York among private, undergraduate colleges for the number of graduates who go on to earn doctorates in the sciences or medicine. Oberlin College includes us in their Top 50 list of best liberal arts college in America for the education of our country’s scientists. Thanks to Manhattan College’s unique, hands-on undergraduate experience, many of our students successfully apply to graduate school or begin their studies in prestigious professional schools, in fields such a medicine, dental and veterinary science. The majority of our graduates are expected to go on to graduate school for their master’s or doctoral degree or to a professional school. The number of Manhattan graduates currently flourishing in their chosen fields is proof positive that the education you receive at Manhattan College prepares you for success in the working world.

Professional and Career Development

Prelegal Advisory 

The pre-law advisor provides information and guidance to students interested in entering law school.and also conducts group meetings to advise students on applying to law school and other related topics. Information is available on the requirements for admission to law schools, the availability of scholarships, and special opportunities in the legal profession.

Health Professions Advisory 

The pre-health professions advisor who is the chair of the Health Professions Advisory Committee, gives guidance to students interested in preparing for careers in medicine, dentistry, and allied fields. Students are advised of the requirements established by the Association of American Medical Colleges, the American Dental Association, and other professional associations in the health field. As the population continues to age, there is an unprecedented demand for skilled graduates in disciplines such as medicine, health services and pharmacy.

Preparation for Medicine and Dentistry

Students preparing for professional school admission may major in any discipline in the College. Their preparation must include, at a minimum, the following courses.

  • BIOL 111-112
  • BIOL 113-114
  • CHEM 101-102
  • CHEM 319-320
  • CHEM 323-324
  • ENGL 110
  • MATH 103-104
  • PHYS 101-102 or 107-108

Specific professional schools may require additional courses. Pre-professional students are expected to maintain an average of at least B in their science courses.

Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity

An undergraduate chapter of Phi Delta Epsilon (PhiDE), the International Medical Fraternity, has been established on campus and is open to all students desiring a professional career in the health sciences. PhiDE assists pre-professional students in making informed decisions when seeking health professions careers, conducts discussions with local health care professionals and current professional school students, holds regional and international conventions and helps develop community service programs. Phi Delta Epsilon is the largest and only medical fraternity of students and practicing physicians.

Co-operatives with Professional Schools

New York Chiropractic College

Manhattan College and the New York Chiropractic College (NYCC) sponsor a Joint Degree Affiliation Agreement. While enrolled at Manhattan College, students will complete all prerequisite course work for entrance into the NYCC professional program, with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and individual grades of C or higher in all science courses required for entrance into NYCC, and will complete Manhattan College’s general requirements. Students will complete all additional course work which can be used, in addition to the above, to place joint degree students in proper position to complete their Manhattan College degree requirements upon completion of the first year (three trimesters) of professional study at NYCC. The acceptance of credits via transfer or testing toward completion of degree requirements shall be governed by current policies of Manhattan College. However, no more than 20 credits of required courses, and none of the science credits required for admission to NYCC, may be earned via examination. This is a requirement of the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE). New York Chiropractic College shall accept, for the entrance date of their choice, all students who successfully complete the Pre-Chiropractic program with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and meet all other criteria for admission. Students who earn less than a 3.25 GPA, but at least a 2.25 GPA, will be eligible for admission to NYCC, and will receive appropriate consideration in the admission process for having completed the Manhattan College Pre-Chiropractic program, but will not receive the assurance of a seat reserved for students earning a 3.25 or higher GPA. 

Students will make application to NYCC one year in advance of their desired entrance date and will complete all required application procedures thereafter in a timely manner, including submission of recommendations and a satisfactory review. Students enrolled in the “3+1” program who successfully complete all course work in the first three trimesters at New York Chiropractic College with C’s or better will be granted the Bachelor of Science Degree from Manhattan College, provided they have met all other graduation requirements.

New York College of Podiatric Medicine

Manhattan College and the New York College of Podiatric Medicine (NYCPM) sponsor a joint articulation program in Podiatric Education. (Interested students must apply early in the fall semester of junior year and must take the MCAT  no later than April of their junior year.) An overall undergraduate GPA  of 3.0 at Manhattan College and official MCAT score at least equal to NYCPM’s current minimum is required. The curriculum of the combined B.S./D.P.M. program requires the completion of at least 90 credits at Manhattan College. The student enrolled at NYCPM requesting transfer credits must complete each first-year course with a grade of “B” or higher in order to be awarded a bachelor's degree by Manhattan College. The D.P.M. degree will be awarded upon completion of the seventh year of study at NYCOPM. Final admission to the program resides with the Admissions Office of the NYCOPM.

State University of New York (SUNY) State College of Optometry

Manhattan College and the SUNY State College of Optometry sponsor both a Joint Degree Affiliation Agreement and an Early Assurance Program Agreement for students interested in pursuing the field of optometry.

Students interested in the Joint Degree Affiliation Program must apply early in the fall semester of their junior year and must take the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT) in the spring of their junior year. In order to be eligible for the joint degree, students must maintain at least a 3.3 GPA overall as well as in the required science and math prerequisites with no individual grade below "C" and attain all scores of 330 or greater on OAT. The curriculum of the combined B.S./O.D. program requires the completion of at least 98 credits at Manhattan College with no science or math grade below a C. Upon successful completion of the first year at SUNY-State College of Optometry with all transfer credits being C’s or better, the bachelor's degree will be awarded by Manhattan College. The O.D. degree will be awarded upon completion of the seventh year of study at SUNY-State College of Optometry. Final admission to the program resides with the Office of Student Affairs at SUNY-State College of Optometry.